Community Bank of Florida is proud to support the 2013 Shell Key West Challenge Fishing Tournament. This year's event will take place April 25th through 28th. Since its inception in 1989, the tournament has provided an opportunity for anglers to gather together for three days of competitive fishing in the beautiful Florida Keys. Each year the tournament raises thousands of dollars for charities. Over the years, more than $2 million in contributions have been made to the Mental Health Association and over $475,000 has been given to the Diabetes Research Institute.
The Shell Key West Challenge was the brainchild of Jo and Hayden Blaylock, of Blaylock Oil Company in Homestead, Florida. The two decided to create an event as a fundraiser for the National Mental Health Association. Jo was the driving force behind the fundraising elements of the tournament and when she lost a long and valiant battle with cancer in 1998, the tournament had reached the $1 million mark in total contributions.
When Hayden’s grandson Matthew was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes seven years ago, the family decided to use the Shell Key West Challenge to help the Diabetes Research Institute continue its efforts to search for a cure through cellular transplant therapy. In 2009, the Shell Key West Challenge was given permanent recognition at the DRI as a way of thanking the Blaylock-Sanchez family and executives from Shell Oil.
For more information about the 2013 Shell Key West Challenge tournament, please visit www.shellkeywestchallenge.com